The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Drugs; the root of immeasurable human suffering

On the occasion of International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking:

Drug use eats away at people’s health and well-being. Overdoses claim hundreds of thousands of lives every year. Synthetic drugs are becoming more lethal and addictive, and the illicit drug market is breaking production records, feeding crime and violence in communities around the world. Drugs are at the root of immeasurable human suffering. At every turn, the most vulnerable people, including young people, suffer the worst effects of this crisis. People who use drugs and those living with substance abuse disorders are victimized again and again: by the drugs themselves, by stigma and discrimination, and by heavyhanded, inhumane responses to the problem. As this year’s theme reminds us, breaking the cycle of suffering means starting at the beginning, before drugs take hold, by investing in prevention. Evidence-based drug prevention programs can protect people and communities alike while taking a bite out of illicit economies that profit from human misery. From rehabilitation and reintegration strategies to public health education campaigns to increasing investment in drug-prevention, treatment, and harm-reduction measures, prevention pays off. On this important day, let’s recommit to continuing our fight to end the plague of drug abuse and trafficking, once and for all. Yesterday June 26 was the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, which is a worldwide event observed every year. The day is marked for the awareness of illicit drugs, and the problems they bring to society. During this day, various local and global communities gather, which not only boosts their morale by reinforcing the past achievements against illicit drug trafficking but also promotes the direct and indirect negative impact of illicit drug usage. This year, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has initiated and launched a cricket match in Kabul to raise awareness among the Afghan youth in connection with the negative impacts of the use of drugs in the country. The country’s cricket board, in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), launched yesterday a T20 cricket match to mark the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, marked every year on 26 June. The cricket match titled ‘Support the Prevention of the Use of Drugs’ was launched at Kabul International Cricket Stadium to mark the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The match, the players from among the country’s national cricket team and other domestic cricket teams, was held yesterday, June 26 and broadcast live from Radio and Television of Afghanistan (RTA). In the meantime, this year 2024, the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking theme is “The evidence is clear: invest in prevention. The campaign emphasizes the importance of basing drug policies on scientific research, full respect for human rights, compassion, and a profound understanding of the social, economic, and health impacts of drug use. Governments and organizations simultaneously formulated programs and a list of multidisciplinary recommendations containing practical steps that can help fight drug abuse and illegal drug trafficking dynamically. Mukhtar Safi

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.